Kuala Lumpur: Despite neighbour Indonesia surpassing Somalia in becoming the piracy hotspot in the world in 2013, Malaysian authorities are adamant that the scourge has not spread into its own territorial waters.
Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) criminal investigation branch director First Admiral Datuk Zulkifili Abu Bakar said no pirate activity was reported in the country's waters of the straits in the first half of the year.
According to the International Maritime Bureau, from a total of 138 incidents of piracy recorded worldwide in the first six months of this year, 48 incidents occurred off Indonesia.
"Even though there were reports of piracy in Indonesian waters, the security on national waters is under control with frequent patrol by Malaysian security ships and boats," told local newswire Bernama. [01/10/13]